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DSO E-News: Healing prayer event for murderers and their victims (and also some parents)

6 March 2010

[H/T:  Pearls Before Swine]

From the DSO E-Newsletter:

Day of Healing Prayer for the Unborn 

One of the greatest traumas encountered by human beings is loss of a life through miscarriage, tubule pregnancy, stillbirth or abortion.  No matter the situation, no matter how “necessary” the cessation of pregnancy, deep wounds often remain in the heart, mind and soul of parents, family and others involved.  A day of healing for the unborn provides both time for gently remembering the loss and tools to provide both closure (e.g., inviting Jesus to enter one’s memory of loss to embrace the child) and healing.  

Join us in the nave of St. Anne, West Chester (6461 Tylersville Rd., West Chester) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, for this day devoted to teaching, healing prayer and the eucharist. 

Yes, because God taking a child to be with Him and a human being taking the life of another human being are so totally moral equivalent, doncha know.  So, let’s not ask the person who had a hand in the abortion murderer to do something really radical before receiving God’s healing, like repenting and asking for forgiveness.  Certainly, don’t tell the murderer that the blood of their children cries out from the ground. 

Lord, have mercy.

– Elder

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  1. Theoden
    6 March 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Elder, well and bravely written.

    Not surprising, but still, it’s morally grotesque, isn’t it? TEC’s very own version of Alice in Wonderland, right here in West Chester!

    Is the good Rector of St. Anne’s so theologically fuzzy that he cannot distinguish between pastoral care to the mother of a stillborn child, and the classically pagan notion that our private prayers for the unborn could ever “heal” the unborn?

    IMHO, a more truthful and therefore loving pastoral response would be for the good Rector to host a second forum to pray with and counsel those whose lives were scarred by abortion. Far from blaming the women who made these tragic choices, it is an opportunity for authentic healing of guilt-stricken consciences.

    A very smart writer named Philip Reif predicted mainline Protestantism might devolve into psychological individualism way back in the sixties. He termed it, “The Triumph of the Therapeutic.”

    Looks like that show’s playing now West Chester. Wonder what’s next, Johnny Depp in a neon-green chasuble? Crystals? Seances? Indaba-daba-do? 😉

    –Theoden

  2. Elder Oyster
    6 March 2010 at 11:54 PM

    Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone benefiting from this “healing” event; not parents who have experienced the pain of miscarriage, and not people involved in the horror of abortion (whatever the state of their conscience).

    In terms of pastoral care, it’s far worse than nothing at all.

  3. NBS
    10 March 2010 at 4:05 PM

    I mean can you freaking imagine going to this “service” after having suffered a miscarriage and then finding yourself sitting next to someone who VOLUNTARILY had the life of her unborn child sucked out of her uterus?

  4. Elder Oyster
    10 March 2010 at 5:19 PM

    I try not to envision that scenario, thank you very much.

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